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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1326024000January 8, 2012 12:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 3Skied the main bowl of peak three this morning. Winds increased from the AM through the end of our ski at 1pm. On the ridge winds were moderate to strong from the NW transporting snow. Visibility …
1325959200January 7, 2012 6:00pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesThis pit was dug to assess the bonding of the new snow to itself as well as to the older snow. 2500', W facing @ 38deg. Top 14" fist hard 14-18" 4finger hardness 18" and below 1finger harness going …
1325950200January 7, 2012 3:30pmTurnagain - United StatesToured up shoulder of Twin Peaks. Little to no wind, lightly snowing throughout the day. We dug a test pit at approx. 2700ft. snowpack was 195cm on 35 degree east facing slope. Top 45cm of newer sno …
1325937600January 7, 2012 12:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 3Toured up Peak 3 today and skied down the NW facing slope just below the summit. At the top, temps were in the single digits with moderate winds blowing from the North. Low clouds and light snow ma …
1325854800January 6, 2012 1:00pmSummit - Spirt Walker Summit 01/06/201 Spirit Walker, Summit SSW Aspect, ~3,000ft at ridge crest SS-AS-R1-D1-I Small avalanche triggered by a ski cut. Bed surface was 4F Surface Facets Shooting cracks and whoomphs on the ridg …
1325678400January 4, 2012 12:00pmSummit - Silver Tip - ManitobaAfter poking around a bit on the south face of Silver Tip and Manitoba areas in Summit Lake I found many locations with poor snowpack structure: Below around 2500' there was a distinct crust (or a co …
1325599200January 3, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - SunburstSkied a few laps on Sunburst this afternoon in the area skier's right of and just above the weather station. The upper slopes, just below the ridge, were heavily wind affected - especially looker's r …
1325530800January 2, 2012 7:00pmTurnagain - Placer/SkookumCold day at Placer with valley temps approx -15F. Attempted to ride up to Squirrel Flats but lower drainage not filled in yet for the direct route up. Instead went to Skookum glacier and rode up …
1325512800January 2, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - LippsSkied a few runs on Lipps south facing today, down from the second prominent peak along the ridge. There was some significant sluffing in a steep, narrow gully through a rocky section that was most l …
1325462400January 2, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Higher resolution version HERE.
1325419200January 1, 2012 12:00pmSummit - SummitI thought the Jan 2 advisory was spot on with the pockets of fresh wind slabs on lee aspects at the higher elevations´┐Ż. as well as the statement: ´┐ŻA reminder that south of Turnagain Pass, mai …
1325376000January 1, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Turnagain PassWind plumes were seen today around the Turnagain Pass area, though much of the Pass itself seemed to escape the stronger winds. Pastoral peak, Silvertip and Grandaddy all seemed to be experiencing som …
1325372400December 31, 2011 11:00pmTurnagain - View of Magnum from Corn BiscuitGlide crack slide on south face of Magnum, the view is from ridge line of Corn Biscuit. Several other glide cracks which had not slid were also visible further west on the south face of Magnum.
1325361600December 31, 2011 8:00pmTurnagain - Magnum South faceLarge Glide crack that was visible on Thursday 29th of Dec had released by Saturday 31st afternoon. Same location as early season glide crack. Also glide cracks on South side of Cornbiscuit some of wh …
1325334600December 31, 2011 12:30pmOutside of Advisory Area - Harp Mountain, South Fork, Eagle RiverDate: 20111231 Time: 1230 hrs Observer: M. Johnson Site Characteristics: Observation Location: Harp Mountain, South Fork, Eagle River - climbed the South ridge. Aspect: W - NW Elevation: ~4000' Slop …
1325250000December 30, 2011 1:00pmSummit - West face of Twin TipIt's hard to tell much from a distant observation like this. This avalanche is probably more than a week old now, but it still gives us a red flag that weaknesses did exist, and are likely to be fou …
1325174400December 29, 2011 4:00pmTurnagain - Goat ridgeWe found good skiing conditions off the West face of Goat ridge, towards Gulch creek. The main ridge is scoured down to rock and tundra. The west face, just off the ridge has a 40 cm slightly stiff …
1325174400December 29, 2011 4:00pmTurnagain - MagnumThis morning there were 3 glides on the lower 1/2 of Magnum PMS (SSW fall line from bowl to alders in valley). Each one ~ 10-20 yrds. The skin track was between two of them. At the end of the da …
1325174400December 29, 2011 4:00pmTurnagain - Magnum West faceWe were surprised by to find a crust just below the last few cm of cold smoke on upper , steeper section of west face of Magnum. Potential location for next cycle activity. Steep Crust for bed surfa …
1325170800December 29, 2011 3:00pmChugach State Park - Anchorage Front RangeFun stable skiing in the Anchorage front range the last two days. 12-30" of new snow since Xmas day. Evidence of early wind slabs forming just below ridges (light winds over the last several days), …
1324990800December 27, 2011 1:00pmTurnagain - Seattle ridgeWe found this peeling cornice and others like it on Seattle ridge above the West facing bowls. These crevasse cracks will eventually get bridged over by new snow, leaving a hidden glacier-like hazar …
1324876487December 26, 2011 5:14Turnagain - TincanSkied from top of common bowl. Lots of wind effect above treeline with a few mildly reactive pockets on steep windloaded areas but nothing too remarkable. Fresh five inches on top of old windslabs s …
1324731600December 24, 2011 1:00pmTurnagain - Placer ValleyFirst day of motorized use within the Placer an Skookum drainage's. Our base in the valley bottom is comprised of a dense 18" of snow and ice layers with ~3" of light density storm snow on top. We on …
1324684800December 24, 2011 12:00Turnagain - Twin Tip N shoulderHeaded up toward the Twin Tip area - just south of Turnagain Pass. Around 2-5" of new low density snow, mainly from Thursday night and increasing with elevation. Broken skies turned obscured, limiting …
1324648800December 23, 2011 2:00pmTurnagain - MagnumMore great Solstice season skiing, today on Magnum. Skied a SW facing run from the first prominent peak beyond the long, relatively flat corniced ridge. Then a few more runs further back along the r …
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